Blood Parrot Care Sheet



Blood Parrot Fish, photo by ellenm1
  • Scientific Name: Parrot fish are man made hybrid therefore it doesn’t have a scientific name
  • Lifespan: Approximately 6-10 years if proper care is given
  • Size: Up to 8 inches
  • Care: Medium
  • Community: Yes, as long as you have lots of room for them to move around. (4+ ft tank )
  • Lifestyle: Diurnal, active during the day.

Tank Requirements

  • Minimum Tank Size: 45 gallons
  • Water Temperature Range: 73 – 82 °F
  • Water pH Range: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Water Hardness Range: 8 – 15 dGH

Perform a 10%-25% water change weekly. If you do not have a filter in your tank, do a water change twice a week.


A tank of 4 ft long or longer is recommended for a blood parrot as some may reach up to a length of 8 inches. Most people think a 10 gallon tank will be big enough for a full-grown blood parrot, but they are wrong.


A hood is recommended as it aids in helping your fish stay in the tank. Also, the hood keeps debris or dust from falling into the tank.


For Lighting: Full spectrum lighting – T5 is recommended.


Every fish and tank is different, so it is important to know what you’re dealing with. Some fish love a lot of current and others love no current at all like bettas. Some fish tanks are tiny and some are huge. Knowing what you have, or what you are going to have will help aid you in deciding which filter to go with. Check this article here to select which filter you should go with.


Silk plants, live plants, and decorative ornaments may be put into a Blood Parrot’s tank.  If choosing to use fake plants, try to use mainly silk fake plants which are smoother for the fish’s skin. Some fake plants are very rough and can scrape the sides of your fish’s skin if rubbed the wrong way. This is just something to take into consideration when going plant shopping. A few hides are also a good idea to be put into your blood parrot’s fish tank as it will most likely be hiding for the first week or so (very shy). But make sure to not overcrowd the tank with ornaments, because your fish needs a lot of swimming space as well.


Since the Blood Parrot is an omnivore. It should be fed a varied diet consisting ideally of chichlid pellets, occasional blanched shredded greens and some live food (bloodworms, silkworms, and etc).  Have in mind, most Blood Parrot’s can not eat what they can not swallow, due to deformities of being hybrid.


Blood Parrot’s love to dig, so soft substrate will do best. When speaking of soft substrate, sand is what we are aiming for. Sand is the only soft substrate that allows for proper digging. For cheap/inexpensive substrate, you may use pool filter sand. Make sure to set up the tank before getting your blood parrot chichlid, as it may take a few days for the sand to settle. Do not run any filters while your sand is settling on the bottom or you can expect to replace the filter in a day after it collects most of the unnecessary sand. After you see that the sand has settled, you may then power on your filters to collect any of the unwanted debris lingering around.


Note: The information on this blood parrot care sheet is not a substitute for veterinary care.

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